Are you looking for a recipe that you can whizz up in no time for a healthy dessert?
Do you want a tasty mid-afternoon snack without the sugar slump?
Do you need it to be dairy free or gluten free? What about vegetarian or vegan?
Well you have definitely come to the right place.
This chocolate chia pudding ticks all of the above boxes. Just in case that wasn’t enough to convince you to give it a try, here are some of the nutritional benefits too…
This dessert contains no added sugar. It is sweetened with whole dates and (optional) cherries. The recipe is designed for four people so equals out at a date per person. This means it’s not one of those ‘healthy’ desserts that appear healthy because the sugar is from natural ingredients but actually are still high in sugar.
It has a decent hit of cocoa so you are going to get some magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron. Cocoa is also a good source of antioxidants.
Chia seeds are a source of complete protein. This means they contain all of the nine essential amino acids that our body needs from food to help make proteins in the body. (Although vegetarians and vegans should note that you would need to eat A LOT of chia to meet your protein requirements so don’t forget to eat a good range of plant proteins every day).
Chia seeds are high in calcium and are a source of omega 3 which is important for cardiovascular health as well as healthy skin, hair and nails.
Before I share my favourite version of chocolate chia pudding first up I want to acknowledge the fantastic Angela Liddon. I first discovered chocolate chia pudding on the Oh She Glows website. Her site is packed full of brilliant recipes – do check it out if you get chance.
So, on to the recipe ….
For the dessert:
Blend all of the chocolate chia pudding ingredients together until completely smooth. This can be chilled in the fridge at this point and will keep 2 – 3 days. If you are not wanting to pretty this up and try it as a dessert you can have the pudding on it’s own or add a tablespoon or two to a smoothie. If you are wanting to recreate the full dessert then read on ….
I'm Kim Adams, founder of SAVI Nutrition. A Registered Nutritional Therapist who is passionate about healthy, tasty food. Here I share with you my thoughts on food and health alongside a few of my favourite recipes.